The following is one of my training notes to students.
"Practice focus for the month:
1. Try to incorporate your practice into your
daily life, like doing Zhang Zhuang while watching (boring) TV, or focus on your
stretched hands and wrists while traveling on, say, subway.
2. Our practice is
about healing and fitness. Try to identify healing areas (physical only for the
time being) you want to tackle. Having identified such areas, focus on those
exercises that you find more relevant.
3. Focus on building stronger chi (or
chi sensation) through focusing either more on meditative mind or more on joint
opening. Both focuses are needed, but at your stage of development, you will
progress faster this way."
Paul's comment: practice of the internal art is a self-discovery and development process, at different stages, a student shall focus on different things. My advice to students: always focus on your own internal sensation. Follow your teacher's advice to the extent that such advice fits into your own development at a particular point of your progress. This is especially important nowadays because, for variously reasons, financial included, most students learn in a group setting. Needless to say, the sensitivity of a teacher to the progress of EACH individual student is also very important.